Roads and Maritime Services (RTA)
AUD $13 million
Tom Ugly’s Bridge was constructed in 1929, and consists of six steel truss spans forming a total length of 499m.
The project entailed full structural refurbishment of the bridge, including the removal of the existing lead based coating and replacement with a modern paint system.
This was the first full repaint and refurbishment of the bridge since construction, and specifically included:
- Removal of the smaller area of asbestos paint system;
- A full repaint with a four coat epoxy system;
- Repair and replacement of corroded structural steelwork;
- Replacement of the electrical cable and conduit for street lighting;
- Replacement of the crash barriers;
- Replacement of the handrail; and
- Traffic Management where required to facilitate works.
The constraints of this project precluded a traditional approach to access and containment, requiring the development of a unique system.TBS developed a solution, from design analysis of the bridge, through concept development, construction, implementation and operation.
The resulting containment system met all design and operational constraints, achieving outstanding environmental outcomes, maintaining the operational capacity of the asset over the course of the refurbishment and the preservation of this heritage structure. This system set a new standard for temporary works for repainting and refurbishment of similar steel bridges and also won the Engineers Australia Excellence Award in 2007.